Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. Luke 23:50-53
After Jesus had taken His last breath and finished the work of the cross he hung lifeless on the cross. As was their custom the Romans would break the legs of those being crucified in order to hasten their death so that the execution would be over before sundown on the Sabbath. This was done not because the Romans particularly cared to honor the Jewish Sabbath but in order to keep order. When they cam to Jesus they saw that He was already dead, but being the efficient Romans they were they thrust a spear into His side. They did not however break Jesus’ legs as was their custom. Once again an Old Testament Prophecy was fulfilled, Psalms 34:20 – He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Once again, an Old Testament prophesy was fulfilled that was out of the hands of mortal men. Jesus’ legs should have been broken. This was the procedure, yet God’s Word was fulfilled.
Joseph of Arimathea then went to Pilate to ask for permission to remove Jesus’ body and bury Him. Now sundown was rapidly coming so they were not able to perform all the rituals to embalm the body. This was a hasty burial with the thought that they would return after sunrise on Sunday to finish the burial rituals. They would never finish.
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